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GOP Contenders Vow Hillary Will Be Their No. 1 Punching Bag

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 10:09 AM

The advantage to being a virtually uncontested candidate for president is rarely having to watch who is coming from behind, but the big disadvantage for Hillary Clinton is that the sights of the Republican presidential field is focused on her back.

"Hillary Clinton cannot be president of the United States because she is not trustworthy. And while she has held many titles, she hasn't accomplished very much," former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina told an audience in Iowa over the weekend, according to The Washington Post.

"When the general election rolls around, we better have a nominee who can throw those punches all day long," added Fiorina, who is expected to announce the launch of her presidential campaign next week.

Republican Party officials also plan to keep the pressure on Clinton, particularly the notion that she is a candidate of the past.

"Whatever you associate with Hillary Clinton, whether it's Bill Clinton or Barack Obama, it's the past. That's where we see an opening to talk about the future in a convincing way," Sean Spicer, the Republican National Committee's chief strategist, told The Washington Post.

During a brief exchange with reporters after a recent event in Keene, New Hampshire, Clinton acknowledged the focus, noting that GOP candidates "seem to be only talking about me" and that she was "ready" for continued barbs being thrown her way, reported MyFoxBoston.

"The Republicans seem to be only talking about me. I don't know what they'd talk about if I weren't in the race. But I'm in the race and I'm ready for that and hopefully we'll get onto the issues," said the former secretary of state in response to inquiries about allegations of impropriety concerning donations to The Clinton Foundation.

While Clinton has succeeded to date to avoid direct questions about whether State Department policy was influenced by donations to The Clinton Foundation, some Democratic allies argue that Republican presidential contenders are not likely to back off and that she will have to answer the charges sooner or later.

"Republicans aren't going to give up on this come hell or high water. It is something that they [the Clinton campaign] are going to have to address sooner or later," Jim Manley, former aide to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, told The Hill.

The Clinton Foundation itself issued a defense of its policies and denied any charges of conflict of interest between donors to the foundation and Secretary of State Clinton.

While Republicans have not resisted criticizing Clinton's record as secretary of state in the Obama administration, charges that she has been less-than-forthcoming on the Clinton Foundation donations, as well as her role in the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya and why she had her own email server, are reinforcing existing questions about her trustworthiness, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll.

In the survey released Thursday, by a 54 percent to 38 percent margin, voters do not believe Clinton is honest and trustworthy, which is lower than the top tier of Republicans.

"Yes she is a leader, but can she be trusted? Mixed reviews for Hillary Clinton on key character traits," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll.

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The advantage to being a virtually uncontested candidate for president is rarely having to watch who is coming from behind, but the big disadvantage for Hillary Clinton is that the sights of the Republican presidential field is focused on her back.
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